NFL Mock Draft 2013: Targeting Studs, Stars and Likely Rookies of the Year
It's time to put the NFL combine behind us and start dialing in the mock drafts.
Prospects still have pro days, and possibly some off-the-field stuff that may come up, to alter their draft stock, but for the most part all of the information is in.
I have taken that information, thrown it all together, and come up with the perfect mock.
In this edition, I will pay special attention—their names will be noted in italics—to the players who will go on to great success in the NFL and enjoy that success from Day 1.
Langford's 2013 NFL Mock Draft
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
While the Chiefs are desperate for a quarterback, Geno Smith, the best quarterback in this draft, has too many question marks to go No. 1 overall.
Instead, the Chiefs will turn to their offensive line where they have a couple of quality selections available. Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher both look to be elite prospects. I think Fisher has a higher ceiling, and I see him being the pick here as a result.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Why Werner Will Be in Running for Rookie of the Year
The Jaguars have to improve their pass rush, and they will have the opportunity to do that with the second pick.
There are some very talented pass-rushers in this draft. While Werner is a beast in the pass rush, he is also a well-rounded player, and that will make him the choice at No. 2.
At 255 pounds, Werner has solid size for an end in a 4-3. The Jaguars will be mixing in some 3-4 this season, but they will still find a way to line Werner up to get to the passer.
Werner will make an instant impact in the pass rush, while also making enough tackles in the run game to help his resume for Rookie of the Year.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders' defense needs help all over the field. For starters, they had the second-fewest sacks in the NFL and could use a-pass rusher.
However, there is the real possibility that this team will not return any of its top three defensive tackles from last season, and that makes Floyd a prospect too good to pass on.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Eagles will be happy with whichever tackle the Chiefs don't select, and they should be. If Chip Kelly is going to run his style of offense, he is going to need some linemen who can seal the edge.
Joeckel will be able to do that. He is a superb pass-blocker and solid in the run game.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Lions must improve their defense, and they will begin that process by adding a dynamic pass-rusher on the edge.
Jones is a phenomenal athlete with great potential. His size will limit him to the outside linebacker position, but his speed and tackling means he will be an every-down LB.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah has all the tools to be a an every-down defensive end that can also put some pressure on the quarterback.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Sitting at No. 7 and in desperate need of a quarterback, the Cardinals will take the best one available. Smith has some consistency issues, but he will be an instant upgrade for Arizona.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Bills will be ecstatic if Smith falls to them. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a limited quarterback who is not improving. The Bills need someone to build their offense around.
With Smith off the board, the Bills will turn to Matt Barkley, who is a well-rounded and solid quarterback. He can make questionable decisions, but he is accurate and has a decent NFL arm.
9. New York Jets (6-10): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Why Warmack is a Stud
Chance Warmack is ready to start in the NFL. He is a mauling guard that will be a huge boost to the Jets' run game.
Checking in at a solid 317 pounds, he carries an attitude to match his size. Warmack has the strength to win at the point of attack from Day 1.
Warmack does not have elite athleticism, and he can take bad angles on the second level. However, he more than makes up for that with his ability to open up holes on the line of scrimmage.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Titans were 20th in yards allowed per pass last season despite being a solid 12th in sack percentage.
They must upgrade that pass defense via the secondary, and with the draft's best corner sitting on the board, they won't hesitate to grab him.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Chargers must improve their shaky tackle position. Philip Rivers has been taking a beating, and he is a quarterback that needs time to throw deep.
Johnson is a solid value here and he fills a huge need.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
Why Patterson is a Rookie of the Year Candidate
The Dolphins have to give Ryan Tannehill some weapons if they want him to grow into a franchise quarterback. Patterson brings speed, size and is oozing with big-play potential.
Patterson is a smooth athlete. He is faster than he looks and he catches the ball with ease. He can turn any play into a big one.
While he needs to add some strength to avoid getting jammed at the line of scrimmage, he is so explosive that defensive backs will not be able to take him out of the game with press coverage alone.
Patterson will get plenty of targets in his rookie season and he will produce.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Buccaneers' pass defense deteriorated by the game last year. They have to find some young talent at the corner position.
Rhodes is a physical corner that excels in press coverage. He also has great ball skills and will pull in his share of interceptions.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Panthers must improve along the defensive line. Star Lotulelei has the talent to go way higher in this draft. However, he also has a heart condition, though, that will see him falling.
He won't fall past the Panthers.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Barkevious Mingo will bring a much-needed pass-rushing threat to the Saints. He is explosive off the edge.
While he is little light to be a true defensive end, he will be a matchup nightmare in passing situations.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Sam Bradford needs some weapons to throw to. The dynamic Allen will give them that. He has solid explosion and amazing hands and is a natural receiver.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
It is time for the Steelers to start rebuilding their defense. Moore will bring some added physicality and a nasty attitude.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Looking to beef up their defensive line, the Cowboys will turn to Kawann Short.
Short, whose name doesn't fit his 6'3" frame, is 299 pounds with room to add more weight. He also has long arms and great strength.
19. New York Giants (9-7): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
New York will be making a giant mistake if it doesn't draft a corner. Inconsistent play on the outside destroyed this proud defense last season.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Jay Cutler will undoubtedly give this pick his full backing. The Bears' signal-caller has taken a beating the last few years and the massive Fluker will help ease the pressure.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Adding a pass-rusher is not the Bengals' biggest need. However, Jordan's speed and freak athletic ability would make the Bengals' front seven unblockable on passing downs.
22. St. Louis Rams* (From 10-6 Washington Redskins): Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
The Rams could use some help on the back end of their defense to go with their promising defensive line. Vaccaro is the best safety in this draft.
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Robert Woods, WR, USC
If Christian Ponder is going to succeed in the NFL, he is going to have to be surrounded by talent.
Robert Woods and Percy Harvin (if he returns) will give the Vikings the outside threats needed to stretch the field.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Jesse Williams is 323 pounds of run-stuffing goodness. He is an immovable object in the middle, and will be a nice fit in the Colts' hybrid 3-4 defense.
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Seahawks' pass rush faltered down the stretch. They need an end that can get to the passer and Jones has that ability.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
The Packers must improve their offensive line to protect their franchise i.e. Aaron Rodgers. Cooper is not the true mauler Warmack is, but he is a well-rounded and fluid lineman.
27. Houston Texans (12-4): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Texans need another playmaker on offense. It would also be nice if that playmaker helped ease some of the passing-game load on Andre Johnson. Austin will do just that.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Broncos need someone in the middle of their defensive line to help occupy some blockers while their edge rushers hunt down quarterbacks.
Hankins has a big frame and excellent strength. He is a nice fit for the Broncos.
29. New England Patriots (12-4): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Patriots' secondary is still a work in progress. Trufant is undersized, but he has decent strength, great quickness and good ball skills.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Falcons must get stronger in the front seven. This defense was worn down at times by opposing run games. Williams will solidify the middle of the line.
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
Last year's starter at center for the 49ers, Jonathan Goodwin, is a free agent and is 34. Barrett Jones is a well-rounded center with the brains and attitude to handle the position.
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
As you are probably aware, the Ravens have to replace an icon in the middle of their defense. Kevin Minter is a nice start.
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